One Shirhabil Abubakar, a resident of Soro, Ganjuwa local government area of Bauchi State, has allegedly defrauded 20 police officers attached to Ningi Police Division N4.8 million naira via a Ponzi loan scheme.
WikkiTimes learned that the suspected disguised as a Staff and Payroll officer of Links and Mutual Microfinance Bank to fraudulently advertised the Bank as well as an instant loan offer to policemen attached to Ningi Division, thereby swindling 20 officers N4.8 million.
Magistrate Haruna Abdulmumini Mamman, the presiding Judge Bauchi Magistrate Court no 8 ordered that the suspect be remanded in a Correctional facility in Bauchi before the next hearing to allow both parties in the matter access to legal advice.
Police Prosecutor, Inspector Yusuf Usman told the court that, 20 serving police officers attached to the Division applied and requested various amounts from Shirhabil’s fraudulent employer after supplying one Umar Nasir with all necessary information on the order of Shirhabil to process and disburse the loans into the various bank accounts of their victims.
“After he disbursed overpayment, he now called the offices and told them that it was a system error, and asked them to pay to the following individual account the overpayment and told them that the owners of the account are their payroll officers, 6322525482 Godney Eka Danjuma Fidelity Bank, 5749948810Mohammed Lukman Ahmed FCMB, 3134743209 Abdullahi Suleiman, First Bank, 0240744854 Shurahbil Abubakar WEMA Bank, 0156845833Abdullahi Mohammed GTB, 2221124170 Faisal Umar UBA, 1022421270 Najib Isah Abubakar UBA, 0056279310 Adamu Aminu Access Bank, 2066234955Samaila Bala UBA,” he said.
Inspector Haruna gave the names of the Police officers with various amounts of loan overpayment defrauded under false pretence to have been mistakenly disbursed as a result of system error as follows, Elisha Simon N333,000, Ahmed Hassan N370,000, Shehu Baba N229,000, Abubakar Ibrahim N285,000, Shuaibu Mohammed N194,000, Mohammed Musa N187,000, Abdullahi Mohammed N227,000, Mona James N195,000, Halilu Mohammed, N206,000, Mohammed Zangi N70,000, Yusuf Abdullahi N59,000, Dahiru Abubakar N137,000, Nuhu Maaruf N276,250, Abubakar Bello N92,000, Yakubu Victor N83,000, Garba Isah N409,000, Alex Ali N212,000, Ayuba Samson N153,000, Nasiru Inuwa N269,600 and Yahaya Abdullahi N95,000 and the total amount of money defrauded is N4,083,850k.
He said the offence is contrary to section 27(C)(1)(2)(3)(4), (b)(5),20,22,13, of the cybercrime prohibition, prevention CTC act, 2015and 1(a)(b)(2) of the advance fee fraud and another form of related offences, 2006.